Bell's Special Double Cream Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BA SCORE
3.96/5
3,833 Ratings
Bell's Special Double Cream StoutBell's Special Double Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.

Added by Mitchster on 12-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,448
Reviews:
1,454
Ratings:
3,833
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
509
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,833 |  Reviews: 1,454
Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger brown head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Nutty, chocolate, coffee, figs. Pleasant but not overly strong.

T - Lightly burnt grain, milk and dark chocolate, touch of coffee and molasses, prune, some hop bitterness, astringent. Not very sweet. Aftertaste is lightly sour, roasty and astrngent.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy but dries out pretty well.

O - A worthwhile brew. Not as mind-boggling as a Founders Breakfast Stout but quite good.

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Photo of glinnebur
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beantown_hopster
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of quang_dam
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raznug
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a dark black with no visible light coming through the glass and is topped with ¾” of dark tan colored head.
Smell: The smell isn’t over powering by any means but it is kind of a nice change to all the stouts that punch you in the nose with overpowering roasted smells.
Taste: The taste goes the same way as the smell not overpowering but tasty. The main flavor is roasted malt but it is smooth and no bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and creamy stout no bitterness and is rather sweet. One of the easiest drinking stouts that I have came across.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown color, minimal whitish head, and not much lacing. Aroma of some cream, chocolate, and roast does come through the smell but seems rather subdued. Taste consists of cocoa, smoke, roast, and coffee. Easy drinking and an overall good cream stout.

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Photo of doopydoogle
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with slight brown around the edge of the glass. An explosive creamy brown head that really sticks around.

S - Coffee, chocolate, toffee, slight roasted burnt smell,

T - Creamy chocolate which gives way to coffee and a bit slight herbal tones. These then bow to a strong roasted profile that is quite mellow.

M - Good carbonation, but very smooth.

O - A solid stout. Provides the profile with a "double-creaminess" that makes it go down quite easy without losing the character.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours a silky dark brown, 2 fingers of head, dissipates slowly with just a rim of retention

S - coffee, chocolate, and malt. very solid nose

T - what i expected by the nose - coffee, chocolate, malt, with a slight bitterness of hops at the end

M - very smooth, not much alcohol to speak of

O - this was a very solid cream stout, easy drinker, I'm definitely picking this one up again

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my bottle says 6.1% ABV, not 7.5%.

Pours out quite dark, with a thin tan head hanging out up top. I'm a bit stuffed up, so smelling this thing isn't really working out too well right now. What I do smell smells stouty.

Taste is smooth and roasty, just as it should be. Nothing exceptional here, but well done. Taste starts with chocolate and roast malts and finishes with a little bit of a lactic bite. Lingering flavor is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would think a "special double cream stout" should be. I've had a number of oatmeal stouts that have had a far creamier and smoother mouthfeel.

Drinkability is quite nice. This would be a good choice for grabbing a 6-pack and warming up in the winter with.

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Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter glass.

Pitch black in the glass and extremely dark brown color while pouting. More than a finger thick head of tan color that soon withers off into a ring. Decent lacing.

Aroma is very subdued. Toasted and burnt malts. Toffee and slight caramel with some hint of bitter hops. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Again is very much the nose and well balanced with nothing standing out. Dark chocolate, burnt malts and caramel. No hint of coffee. No creamy feel. Sweetness is countered well by the hops.

Mouth feel : Medium bodied with somewhat lighter tones. Smooth, easy to drink. Moderate to high carbonation but without any astringency of any sort. Dry finish with no lingering effect.

Like a few others have noted - there is nothing extraordinary about it. Plain stout.

Style rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.5

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Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden on 11/6/09.

A - Smooth black onyx color with deep ruby highlights and one-finger creamy tan cap that receded to a thin veil and deposited strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - I'm a little stuffy today, but I am able to pull out sweet lactic/milky notes, chocolate and some roasted malt, as well as a hint of coffee.

T - Bitter chocolate abounds with a sweet backing of milky notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop bitterness and a robust roasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly a tad coarse and prickly, yet still displays a fairly thick and oily mouthfeel overall. Finishes somewhat sticky with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Cream is a good stout overall, and I found it to be a bit more bitter than I was anticipating. Tasty, but not overly complex, as I tend to like my stouts.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-black. Impenetrable. Dark beige head.

S: Sweet - brown sugar, malts, vanilla. Some chocolate and coffee.

T: Cream chocolate, roasted malts. A little bitter hops.

M: Super smooth and creamy, yet tingly. Bitter finish.

D: Sweet and creamy. I liked it; I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black body of ale allows just a hint of dark amber around the edge; slim head a finger high of pale foam left but motes of lace behind

S: dark malt aromas suggest charred wood, cocoa powder, and coffee that's grown cold on the counter

T: bittersweet roasted malts contribute coffee and char; sweet edge suggests cocoa, dry and semi-sweet

M: smooth and soft, with some tingle of carbonation; medium body; some chalkiness; bittersweet coating lingers...

O: a well-done roasty stout, easy drinking and hearty - fairly typical flavors and feel for the style - not sure I got as much "special double cream" as I would've expected.

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Photo of danlib21
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpolewan
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikem0487
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into ale glass.

A-Pinky width brown head that dissapated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Dark black like any other stout.

S-Coffee bean, roasted malts, vanilla and prunes. Smells great with the vanilla being the main standout for me.

T-Roasted malt/coffee bean bitterness that is subdued by the sweetness of the 10 grain malt grain. Finishes quite roasty. Very drinkable stout. Not as pleasant with the taste as the smell is. Good none the less.

M-As the name implies it is quite creamy. Mild carbonation, medium bodied.

O-A good drinkable stout. Defiantly going to enjoy this 6pack!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely delicious stout, but i don't get the cream part, there s no sweet finish or body like the milk sugar usually imparts on these beers, but other than that curious absence for its name, its a wonderful beer. rich and dark, huge grain bill i have to imagine, with special dark, carafa, and burnt barley, among chocolate and caramel too. it all combines into a very coffee like aroma, with some good roast to it, no acidity, and an intense dark chocolate element, bakers chocolate, unsweetened even. super dark to look at too, no light coming in, and not much head on it, but some khaki froth when i aggravate it. the flavor is not overly complex, just the dark grains meshing together all the way through. the thing that makes this beer special i think, is its texture, its rich and creamy without being filling, sweet, or too strong to drink a bunch of. not as bitter in the finish as its color should mandate that it is, velvety, and i could make a morning of these for sure, great pre-noon beer if you ask me. thanks to clay station for sharing a bottle this morning.

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Photo of mattster
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitroGen for this brew...

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce Bottle (Code 8273) and poured into snifter.

Pours a nice dark black brew with some slight red hues. No head... Some bubbles/no lacing... but legs on sides of glass.

Smell is of milky chocolate and slight coffee notes. Coffee notes are more prominent on palate. Mouth feel is filling, more bubbles than seen, but well balance. Somewhat heavy, but very nice. I'm going to sit and enjoy the rest of this this one

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of witster18
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is macadamia nut, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. Ruby edges and little head that doesn't retain. Smells good.

Taste is great. FOr 6.1 this is fairly smooth with very high drinkability. This would be a serious cold weather sessioner, but with a disclaimer. *DOnt start before 9AM!* Bed by 5.

CHewy with some woody/oaky notes, and evaporated cooked down milk caramel with a little alcohol bite, but smooth as silk. A little dark fruit... t his beer comes off as a more high grav beer... it's just 6.1, but tastes more like 7...

Looks average, tastes good, very chewy and drinkable for its abv. Bell's has some good beers and this is one of 'em.

SOme heat here, and every sip seems to offer something new - and very temperature sensitive, complex.

WIll revisit.

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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,833 ratings
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